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Obama got Osama, but lost the Middle East

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Posted by  ▪  Saturday, April 28, 2012 at 8:45am 4/28/2012 at 8:45am

The successful Navy SEAL raid which killed Osama bin Laden is becoming one of the central themes of the Obama campaign.

Almost every other sentence out of the mouth of Joe Biden (who opposed the raid) is about “bin Laden.”

We know that bin Laden was located as the result of years of work...

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“We” never believed them, only “you” did

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Posted by  ▪  Saturday, April 14, 2012 at 11:10am 4/14/2012 at 11:10am

Joel Brinkley, currently a Professor at Stanford who spent most of his career as a foreign correspondent for The New York Times, has a column in the San Francisco Chronicle titled Islamists in Egypt, Libya, Tunisia not democratic.

The thesis of the column is that Westerners who took Islamists at their word that they...

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Palestinian Authority cracks down on “extending one’s tongue”

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Posted by  ▪  Saturday, April 7, 2012 at 4:00pm 4/7/2012 at 4:00pm

No one could have seen this coming.

Via The Jerusalem Post:

Palestinian Authority security forces in the West Bank arrested over the weekend a Palestinian blogger who launched a Facebook campaign under the title “The people want an end to corruption.”

The arrest of Jamal Abu Rihan is part of a clampdown by the...

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Hack counter-hack in Middle East

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Posted by  ▪  Tuesday, January 17, 2012 at 1:05pm 1/17/2012 at 1:05pm

There’s a war going on between hackers in the Middle East:

Israeli hackers said they brought down the official websites of Saudi  Arabia’s Monetary Agency and Abu Dhabi’s Securities Exchange on Tuesday in retaliation for a denial of  service attack on the Tel Aviv Stock Exchange the previous day.

Both official websites did...

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Lotsa Middle East chatter

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Posted by  ▪  Saturday, January 14, 2012 at 9:55am 1/14/2012 at 9:55am

There seems to be a war brewing in the Middle East, if not on the battlefield at least in the political realm.

The Wall Street Journal and many others report tension between the U.S. and Israel over a potential strike on Iran.  There also is tension over the assassination of a top Iranian...

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He lost the Middle East, but he got bin Laden

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Posted by  ▪  Sunday, January 1, 2012 at 11:37am 1/1/2012 at 11:37am

There are two important columns each of which addresses the surge of Islamists throughout the Middle East and Central Asia.

The first column, by Andy McCarthy, focuses on reports that the Obama administration is using Sheikh Yusuf al-Qaradawi as a conduit for contact with the Taliban:

The surrender is complete now. The Hindu reports that the...

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Egyptian Imam The NY Times called “moderate” holds “kill all the Jews” mass rally

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Posted by  ▪  Saturday, November 26, 2011 at 9:52am 11/26/2011 at 9:52am

The NY Times has whitewashed the anti-Semitic aspects of the Arab Spring in Egypt since the beginning of the protests last January.  NY Times’ columnists like Roger Cohen have sought to glamorize and glorify the so-called “Arab Street” and Nicholas Kristof has waxed poetic about Islamist forces in the Middle East.

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It could happen anywhere, but it keeps happening there

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Posted by  ▪  Friday, November 25, 2011 at 2:50pm 11/25/2011 at 2:50pm

First it was Lara Logan.  Then other female journalists:

The press freedom organization Reporters Without Borders on Friday cautioned  news outlets on sending female reporters to Cairo’s...

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There is Apartheid in the Middle East

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Posted by  ▪  Tuesday, November 1, 2011 at 8:50am 11/1/2011 at 8:50am

Calling Israel an “Apartheid State” and the barrier built to keep out suicide bombers the “Apartheid Wall” is part of the standard lexicon of the Islamist-Lefist Anti-Israel Coalition.

In The New York Times today, Richard Goldstone calls the apartheid terminology a slander, Israel and the Apartheid Slander:

One particularly pernicious and enduring canard...

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“it’s way too early in Libya’s transition to be shouting about victories”

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Posted by  ▪  Tuesday, October 25, 2011 at 5:45pm 10/25/2011 at 5:45pm

David Dayen at Firedoglake, where the professional left is not sure Libya represents victory:

Replacing a brutal government with a government that turns a blind eye to brutality doesn’t really count as a success, in my book….

The point here is that it’s way too early in Libya’s transition to be shouting about...

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If this is what passes for victory

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Posted by  ▪  Monday, October 24, 2011 at 12:30pm 10/24/2011 at 12:30pm

As mentioned earlier, the Obama administration and media are touting Gaddafi’s overthrow as a great foreign policy victory.

But Gaddafi’s body has hardly gone cold, and Libya already has a strict Islamist government, see all the links at Memeorandum Andrew Sullivan also rounds up some...

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Qaddafi killed, captured, still on the loose? Update: Killed

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Posted by  ▪  Thursday, October 20, 2011 at 8:46am 10/20/2011 at 8:46am

There are conflicting reports, as detailed in the live updates at The Telegraph.

Updates:  I’ll wait a bit before updating the headline, but it appears he’s dead (photo at The Telegraph link).

DEBKAFile says he’s dead, killed in NATO airstrike near his hometown of Sirte.

PJTatler has al-Jaeera video of what appearst to...

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More Leftist Hypocrisy: The MSA 11 vs. Laws Restricting Abortion Clinic Protests

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Posted by  ▪  Wednesday, October 5, 2011 at 10:30am 10/5/2011 at 10:30am

Several nights ago, I found myself arguing with a hyperpriviledged, self-identified anarcho-socialist (don’t ask me how that works) about the MSA 11.  He and his friends believed them to have been convicted by a racist Orange County jury, under unconstitutional laws.

As we were discussing the constitutionality of political “speech” that made...

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Waiting for Obama speech on 20,000 missing Libyan surface-to-air missiles

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Posted by  ▪  Tuesday, September 27, 2011 at 3:00pm 9/27/2011 at 3:00pm

ABC has an exclusive:

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Some exclusive. In fact, I ran a post on it earlier this month, Let the Libya “unexpected” consequences begin:

Such as a “no fly zone” over all...

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“If this was 2013, Obama might be in a different groove”

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Posted by  ▪  Thursday, September 22, 2011 at 3:00pm 9/22/2011 at 3:00pm

There is one worthwhile clause in an otherwise worthless article at The Atlantic by Steve Clemons, Obama Tells Palestinians to Stay in the Back of the Bus.

Clemons lays out the fiction that the Palestinian strategic move to take land without peace is something Gandhi-like:

Obama’s position on this is dangerous in another sense as well.  Obama —...

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“Sorry, we thought you were a Jew”

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Posted by  ▪  Thursday, September 15, 2011 at 11:44am 9/15/2011 at 11:44am

Here’s your “Arab Spring” and “Arab Street” for you.

From a BBC correspondent (h/t

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Let the Libya “unexpected” consequences begin

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Posted by  ▪  Thursday, September 8, 2011 at 8:22am 9/8/2011 at 8:22am

Such as a “no fly zone” over all of northern Africa, spreading across the globe, because while we broke Muammar Gaddafi’s army, we didn’t fix the problem of tens of thousands of mobile surface-to-air missiles.

As reported by the Christian Science Monitor:

At newly discovered weapons-storage sites, thousands of shoulder-held surface-to-air missiles (SAMs)...

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